As an economic advisor for a think tank which happens to operate online I take all the industry news and all the different sectors. Specifically, because it is very important to our country and our trade flows, I do study the manufacturing sector very closely. Not just automobiles, heavy equipment, airliners, and high tech devices, but everything; furniture, construction materials, household appliances, alternative energy, industrial infrastructure equipment, and the whole gambit. Okay so let’s talk shall we?One thing that totally concerned me was that right after the reelection of President Barack Obama, major manufacturers had announced layoffs. I noted about 10,000 announcements on November 7, 2012. That’s staggering, especially since it all came in one day. Why did they wait until after the election? It’s obvious that these large corporations did not want to become political fodder for one side or the other during a rather heated and contemptuous presidential election.Now, the truth seems to be out, and everyone knows we are headed for recession, not to mention the sequestration starting on January 1, 2013 if the Republicans and Democrats can’t figure out a way to cut our major social programs and streamline our military into a Six Sigma logistical operation. What worries me as I am writing this the day after the election, is that we have from now until January 1 for all the other corporations to also announce manufacturing layoffs.In September of 2012 China announced that its manufacturing sector had grown well. Indeed, many of our jobs are flowing to China for various reasons. I think the biggest reason happens to be that the writing is on the wall against large corporations, future increased tax rates, more rules and regulations, and stronger unions with huge political backing. This also means that there will be more lawsuits going after these corporations concerning all these new rules. That’s a hostile environment to run a business, especially the manufacturing sector.If the federal government is going to slow down its purchases, and we are going to go into a recession in 2013, it makes sense for our manufacturers to move to China, make their items cheaper, and sell them there. Many had believed that eventually China would become a consumer economy, and we could export our products into that market. I think that has been proven to be a pipe dream, and no matter how much we subsidize the unions, that’s not the way to job growth.Of course, in the last four years of the Obama Administration hasn’t had job growth anyway, so no one was expecting anything new from this administration if they got reelected; and they did. Expect more layoffs, higher unemployment, and less government spending. Yes, that probably means a recession. I’m not sure America can afford four more years of this, but that’s what they voted for, and therefore that’s what they deserve. Please consider all this and think on it.